There's no question that Rocksteady Studios hit the mother lode with Batman: Arkham Asylum, not only because it offered a villain-filled story completely at home in the larger Batman mythology, but its ability to let everyday people know what it must feel like to 'Be The Batman.' As the studio prepares to conclude its trilogy with Batman: Arkham Knight, they've returned to that core sentiment, making it the central tagline of the game's marketing campaign.
To put that notion into practice (and link a few current celebrities to their impending game), the latest promotional video for Arkham Knight, shows off a good amount of gameplay, calling on some recognizable faces from film, TV and music to show that no matter how seriously you take the game's fiction, some satisfying times are in store.
Going by the collective responses of Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Wiz Khalifa, Blake Anderson (Workaholics), Minka Kelly (Almost Human), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), iJustine, Troy Baker (The Last of Us) and Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman himself), it seems that Rocksteady hasn't strayed from the series' success as it implements new playable characters, a Batmobile, and a brand new enemy.
Some might claim that members of the voice cast are a little biased when it comes to their own performances - a point made by Troy Baker, voice of Two-Face, the Red Hood, and the titular Arkham Knight - but the spot is clearly all in fun. However, that doesn't mean it doesn't spotlight one of the game's strongest features: that anyone, at any time, can use the Arkham combat and traversal systems to obliterate enemies and take in the indisputably beautiful visuals Rocksteady has created for next-gen platforms.
Sure, some may call it simply 'button-mashing,' sending Batman leaping across rooms delivering devastating kicks, punches, and gadget attacks with a single command. But adding in the new means of traversal and the Batmobile allowing the game's world to explode in size, and it seems that few will be complaining that Arkham Knight is too approachable when it launches later this month. Whether it truly marks the end of the Arkham series - or simply Rocksteady's time at its front - remains more of a mystery.
Has the game's marketing convinced you to give the game a look, or have you been eager to see Rocksteady's finale - and the identity of the Arkham Knight - since the very beginning? Share your thoughts on the game and video in the comments, and stay tuned for more Arkham Knight updates.
Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment in the Batman “Arkham” video game series, which began with Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and a prequel title, Batman: Arkham Origins. The series will bring its trademark style to the Batmobile for the first time ever, giving players the option to either grapple above the streets of Gotham or tear through them in the armored behemoth (but let’s be honest, they’ll go with the latter). The Scarecrow, who hasn’t been seen since Arkham Asylum, will ascend as the game’s primary villain, along with the mysterious new Arkham Knight character. Kevin Conroy will once again bring The Dark Knight to life as the voice of Batman.
Batman: Arkham Knight is slated for release on June 23rd, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-ordering the game grants access to Story Packs for both Harley Quinn and Red Hood.